Apethorpe Palace, a home like few others


It is understood from the name, Apethorpe Palace that it is not just any, in fact only the houses associated with the monarchy can be called Palace and not House or Hall. With the exception of Bleinheim Palace. Let’s see why it is a place to visit.

The History of Apethorpe Palace

Apethorpe Palace is an imposing English mansion located in Northamptonshire. Its history dates back to the 15th century, when it was built as a country house. In the 16th century, the property was donated by Henry VIII to his daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I.

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It was in the 17th century, however, that Apethorpe Palace reached its heyday. James I loved this lodge so much that he personally contributed to his extension to make it more suitable for his hunting needs in the nearby Royal Forest of Rockingham. The result was a series of sumptuous rooms, including the King’s Bedroom and the impressive Long Gallery.

During the English Civil War, Apethorpe Palace was used as General Fairfax’s headquarters. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the property changed hands several times and underwent major renovations and extensions. In the 20th century, the house was used as a refugee camp and later as a police training centre.

In the 1950s, Apethorpe Palace was sold to a private individual, who embarked on a major restoration programme. The property is still a private residence today but is open to the public during the months of July and August, through bookable guided tours.

Apethorpe Palace Guided Tours

Guided tours of Apethorpe Palace last approximately one and a half hours and are available by reservation only. It is a unique experience to immerse yourself in the history of England and discover the treasures of this wonderful house.

Visitors will be able to admire the magnificent King’s Bedroom, whose ceiling is decorated with gilded stucco, and the Long Gallery, a room over 36 meters long and almost 6 meters high, with a series of paintings and decorative stucco.

During the guided tour, visitors will also be able to discover daily life in the house, thanks to the reconstruction of rooms such as the kitchen, living room and dining room.

Useful information for the visit

Guided tours of Apethorpe Palace are available by pre-booking only and are limited to a maximum of 10 people per tour. The visit is not suitable for children under the age of 12 and children between the ages of 12 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult and purchase an adult ticket. Tickets are here. 

Please note that there is currently construction going on to the house, therefore some areas may not be accessible during your visit



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